As expected, Apple’s event taking place today was focused on education indeed and it brought goodies for students. Those goodies include a $299 iPad meant for this type of public and its specs are not half bad.
The machine is a 9.7 incher, as rumored and it plays nicely with an Apple Pencil. The thing is that you have to purchase it separately. The new iPad is found in stores today, in colors like silver, space gray and a brand new gold finish. It comes with a Touch ID fingerprint scanner, HD FaceTime camera and 10 hours of battery life.
There’s an 8 megapixel main camera here and you can purchase the device with LTE. Inside the slate there’s the Apple A10 Fusion CPU keeping the lights on and other specs include GPS, compass and even AR functionality is promised. The new iPad is available for schools and students priced at $299, while the regular consumer gets it for $329. Keep in mind that you pay extra for accessories, like styli and keyboards. You could even go as high as $450, with keyboard and stylus included.
I should highlight the interaction that the new iPad has with the stylus, with the same tilt and pressure abilities that the iPad Pro has. Otherwise, the product looks and feels the same as the model before. The new unit also comes with new versions of the productivity suite apps from Apple, Pages, Numbers and Keynote. All of them are enhanced and boosted by the Apple Pencil.
Apple promises you can scan documents and use the 200.000 apps made for education and ideal for this device. The Apple Pencil is sold separately at $99, or $89 even for students.